Google Brillo and Weave will power your future smart home

Internet of things solution, powered by Android, revealed at Google I/O 2015

Google has big plans to power your smart home of the future, with the search giant unveiling an "end to end complete solution", called Brillo, at its I/O developer conference.

Google's senior vice-president of products, Sundar Pichai, took to the Moscone Center West stage to reveal the new platform. It's essentially a stripped down version of Android - it uses the same kernel as the mobile OS - that the company wants installed on everything from your smart door lock to your connected kettle.

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Google Brillo is the name of the operating system that the Android-powered smart devices will run on, the company is calling the connecting technology Google Weave.

Brillo – "the underlying operating system for the internet of things" – will go live for developers in Q3 2015; Weave should land before the end of the year.

The internet of things is, without doubt, one of the most exciting prospects of an ever-connected world but, let's face it, it's a shoddy mess at the moment.

While smart bulbs, connected fridges and self-learning thermostats all have no problems impressing consumers, the fact that these devices require their own platforms, and run via an array of different software packages, makes the prospect of a seamless smart home unlikely.

Google Brillo, along with the likes of Apple's HomeKit, should make things a bit more seamless.


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